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December 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales

Lynn Neary hosts NPR's "Tinsel Tales." This hour we'll hear favorite holiday stories from the voices of NPR


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December 23, 2013

Encore: Pages From the Past

What do Adlai Stevenson, the Underground railroad, the Orphan Train movement and the old-time radio program Vic and Sade have in common?


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December 20, 2013

Personal Finance: Retirement

Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and Kathy Sweedler, a consumer economics educator for University of Illinois Extension. We welcome your calls and questions!


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 Renee Galloway, a microbiologist in the Centers for Disease Control’s Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch (MSPB), in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), was shown here running a Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) analy
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December 16, 2013

Preventing a meningitis outbreak

Last week, a meningitis vaccine that is unapproved by the FDA was made available to Princeton students in an effort to stop an outbreak of the disease from getting worse. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why the outbreak prompted such concern and why college students are most commonly affected by meningitis.


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Lindsey Moon
December 13, 2013

Raising the perfect tree

Many of us only think about Christmas trees and Christmas tree farms around the holiday season, but for some, it’s a year-round business. 


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December 12, 2013

Winter Book Recommendations

What’s the best book you’ve read this winter? If someone asked you for a book recommendation for a holiday gift, what would you recommend?


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December 11, 2013

What’s Ahead for South Africa

Nobody can replace Nelson Mandela in the hearts of his people; his place in history will not soon be forgotten. South Africa as a nation, however, will continue to exist without him. This hour on Focus, we’ll discuss his legacy and what’s ahead for the country now that he’s gone.


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December 10, 2013

Speaking military slang

Have you ever been a part of a conversation that you didn’t quite understand because you were unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary?


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